2 Guys Photo recently launched its inaugural Photo Challenge, with the first place photographer winning a brand new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.
OK, we’re not giving away a car (this time), but kudos abound and bragging rights are hereby dispensed with wild abandon to the winner.
The rules were simple: submit one photo that exemplifies the theme, “night falls“. Were we a little vague on that one? Absolutely… that’s the point. And the submitted photos suggest that the theme idea did generate a wide range of possible contenders.
The 2 Guys (Ed and Rey) spent a fair bit of time deliberating over which photo best represents the theme and which we found to be the most artistically pleasing. We’re happy to announce that the winner of the “Night Falls” Photo Challenge is LaRee Brownell, with the above submission. Our rationale?
Rey: I like that this is a bit otherworldly. There’s something familiar here… buildings, a cityscape… and at the same time, something unique, intriguing. Are those laser lights? Are they emanating from the center green spire, like lights radiating out from a Christmas tree? Clearly, the photographer zoomed during exposure, creating this nice sense of movement and the hub and spoke light beams make for an interesting effect. Reminds me of Han and the gang hitting hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon.
Ed: The zoom while shooting technique worked well here. LaRee took what would have been a standard night cityscape and turned it into something unique. I felt like I was “falling” into the scene, so it was very appropriate for our theme.
LaRee tells us…
This photo is an “iconic” shot of the skyline on San Diego Bay taken from Coronado Island. Every photographer worth their salt has a shot of this skyline at night. SOOOO…when I shot it I thought it would be cool to move my zoom lens during the long exposure to make my shot different from the thousands on other San Diego photographer’s hard drives not to mention the few dozen on my own! My local photographer’s group was wowed by it and it printed up really nice on canvas too so I guess it was a success. I’m a member of a couple photography groups here in San Diego and it is really inspiring and interesting for the group to all go to the same place or event and see how different photographers see things. It is always an education and I find myself saying, “I didn’t even see that” often.
Congratulations, LaRee! As the winner, LaRee’s photos will be featured in a future post on 2 Guys.
Read on for the runner-up photo and a few other honorable mentions…
The above photo, submitted by Donna McCommon, was in serious consideration for the winning image. Here’s what we were thinking:
Ed: The colors of the sky really grabbed my eye, as did the gently curved (and I imagined, swaying) plant life in the foreground. The structure on the side anchors the scene and provides some framing, although I might have cropped out about 2/3 of it’s width. This is very relaxing and all in all, a lovely scene, but it was tough to beat the visual impact of our winner.
Rey: I like the calming effect that this image brings to the viewer. You can almost feel the faint breeze as it caresses the tall grass in front of the shoreline and the colors in the sky, with the ripple effect caused by clouds and the atmospheric induced light variations drew me in. Minus a few points for the shack/structure to the left. There’s a bit too much for my liking and a surgical crop is needed. Also, there’s a small blip of white light on the horizon line about a third of the way over from the left and that’s distracting. And ultimately, I found myself wondering where the main subject can be found here. A bit too much eye darting for my taste. Yet… I liked the image enough to give it serious consideration for winning photo.
Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted images for this Photo Challenge. We’re including below some of the more notable honorable mentions.
Please be sure to watch for future photo challenges here at 2 Guys Photo, and thanks for stopping by! Rey and Ed